Crusaders 5-1 Carrick Rangers

Crusaders fought back from a goal down to hammer struggling Carrick Rangers in Saturday's Carling Premiership clash.

Carrick started well and Paul Heatley put them ahead on 18 minutes with a delightful lob over Sean O'Neill.

However, Stuart Dallas levelled for the Crues on 45 after a bad mistake by Carrick keeper Maros Valko.

Paul Leeman headed Crues into the lead on 53 minutes and two further David Rainey goals were split by a David McMaster strike at Seaview.

Last season's Championship winners Carrick made a positive start and Stephen O'Neill tested Sean O'Neill with an early shot while Paul McDowell also went close for Rangers.

Heatley struck the visitors ahead on 18 minutes with a great finish over O'Neill.

However, the shock of the goal stirred Crusaders and Colin Coates went close for the home side before Dallas levelled on the stroke of half-time.

The goal was a personal Halloween horror story for keeper Valko who was far too casual as he allowed Dallas to nip in to win the ball with the Crusaders winger then hammering into an empty net.

Leeman nodded the Crues ahead by connecting with a Ciaran Gargan corner.

Rainey headed Crusaders' third goal on 72 and David McMaster's goal was followed by another late Rainey strike.

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